The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina has Companion Diocese partnerships with the Diocese of Botswana (since 2008) and the Diocese of Costa Rica (since 1997). These relationships have fostered ministry and mission across provincial boundaries.
DIOCESE OF BOTSWANA
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Metlhayotlhe “Metlha” Rawlings Ogotseng Beleme, Fifth Bishop of Botswana
(NOTE: Bishop Metlha's name is pronounced "MET-la")
PO Box 769, Gaborone, Botswana
+267 395 3779
The Anglican Diocese of Botswana and the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina entered into a companion relationship in 2008 and renewed it in 2014. During these years we have had youth exchanges, a “hammer and nails” project at the Selebi Phikwe parish, support in the development of and teaching at the new St. Augustine Theological School, engagement with HIV/AIDS initiatives in Botswana, involvement with the Holy Cross hospice, shared ministry between the Episcopal Church Women in North Carolina and the Anglican Women’s Fellowship and Mothers Union in Botswana, and care for children at the St. Peter’s Day Care Centre in Mogoditshane.
With renewed energy, we invite individuals, parishes, convocations and other groups within the Diocese of North Carolina to develop relationships with our partners in Botswana. Let our chair, the Rev. Miriam Saxon, or other members of our Botswana companion link committee know of your interest.
Learn more about Botswana, the Anglican Diocese of Botswana and the companion relationship between the Diocese of North Carolina and the Diocese of Botswana.
DIOCESE OF COSTA RICA
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Orlando Gomez
Planning a mission to Costa Rica or looking for more information? Contact Allie Norman, companion officer to the Diocese of Costa Rica.
The companion relationship between the Diocese of North Carolina and the Diocese of Costa Rica has flourished into a vibrant international partnership, centered in the pursuit of true mutuality and relationship. Every year we invited a growing number of churches from all around North Carolina to visit us and work with us on our outreach projects, and we have had parishioners from Costa Rica visit the United States to learn English, participate in vestry formation workshops and help begin Spanish-language ministries. Feel free to contact us with any and all questions; we look forward to working with you, as one Body and one Church, over and against all the barriers of culture, race and language which would otherwise divide us.